Peer Mentors

Lots of programs offer peer mentoring. What makes BRIDGES mentors different is that each and every one of them started just where you are today. They came to Pitt on a scholarship and decided to join our community to meet new people, maximize their academic performance, and experience Pitt to the fullest. Having been in your shoes, our mentors are uniquely positioned to share the tricks of the trade that will help you get the most out of your education and your time at Pitt. They’re like your well-connected older siblings on campus.
You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with your mentor in small groups during monthly Pitt Stops.

"At Pitt Stops, I could talk to someone who went through the experience of being a freshman in a new world. If I had any problems or got lost for the 50th time, I could talk to my mentor and they would always have a solution (probably because they had the same problems). It was reassuring to realize there were other people who were as lost as me because it made me realize that it is okay to be lost. I have found my way and I’m sure all freshman do sooner or later." -Jonathan Dawlabani, Chemistry

 

 

2019-2020 BRIDGES Mentors

Adaeze Nwobodo - Junior

Office hours: Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Sociology and Psychology; minors in Africana Studies and Chemistry on the pre-med track

Years as a BRIDGES mentor: 1

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Alyssa Medwynter - Sophomore

Office hours: Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Psychology major; Italian and neuroscience minors

Years as a BRIDGES mentor: 1

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Amari Long - Junior

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Spanish major

Years as a BRIDGES mentor: 2

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Andre Sydnor - Junior

Office hours: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Neuroscience and Molecular Biology (biochemistry) majors, Italian Minor

Years as a BRIDGES mentor: 2

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Blya Krouba - Junior

Office Hours: Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m.

Hometown: Upper Darby, PA

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Atr major; French minor on pre-med track

Years as a BRIDGES mentor:  1

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Brittany Royes - Senior

Office hours: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Hometown: Rockville, MD

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Psychology major; Chemistry and Chinese minors; certificate in Asian Studies

Years as a BRIDGES mentor: 3

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Charis Williams - Senior

Office hours: Fridays, noon to 1 p.m.

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Biological Sciences major; Spanish minor; certificate in Global Studies

Years as a BRIDGES mentor: 3

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Dara Broadnax - Senior

Office hours: Mondays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Major - Communications and Africana Studies; Minor - Political Science

Years as a BRIDGES mentor: 3

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Eddie Lasker - Junior

Office hours: Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon

Hometown: Houston, TX

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Psychology major; neuroscience minor

Years as a BRIDGES mentor: 2

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Everson-Simpson - Sophomore

Office Hours: Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon

Hometown: Charleston,SC

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Linguistics and Chinese majors; minors in Korean and Studio Arts

Years as a BRIDGES mentor:  1

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Julie Mercer - Senior

Office hours: Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m.

Hometown: Long Island, NY

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Pharmacy

Years as a BRIDGES mentor: 3

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Kendra Plummer - Senior

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Hometown: Ewing, NJ

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Psychology, Anthropology majors

Years as a BRIDGES mentor:  3

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KJ Johnson - Sophomore

Office hours: Mondays, 11 a.m. to noon

Hometown: Greenville, SC

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Chemistry 

Years as a BRIDGES mentor: 1

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Marc Smith - Sophomore

Office hours: Tuesdays, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Hometown: Bowie, MD

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Chinese, Economics 

Years as a BRIDGES mentor: 1

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McKaila Faison - Sophomore

Office hours: Wednesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Hometown: Rockville, MD

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Psychology ansd Sociology major; Chemistry and Africana Studies minors

Years as a BRIDGES mentor: 1

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Mica House - Junior

Office hours: Fridays, noon to 1 p.m.

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Health Information Management;  minors in French and Political Science

Years as a BRIDGES mentor: 1

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Morgan Ottley - Junior

Office hours: Tuesdays, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Hometown: Laurel, MD

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Neuroscience major; Chemistry, Dance, and GSWS minors

Years as a BRIDGES mentor: 3

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Quincy Erickson-Oberg - Junior

Office Hours: Fridayss, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Hometown: Boston, MA

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Majors in Neuroscience and French

Years as a BRIDGES mentor: 1

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Rachel Hopkins - Senior

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Hometown: Telford, PA (Bucks County)

Major(s), minor(s), certificate(s): Majors in Psychology and Sociology, minor in Social Work

Years as a BRIDGES mentor: 3

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